Mezquita scores twice as Panthers pick up LEC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Jess Mezquita (Atkinson, N.H.) notched a pair of goals to lead Plymouth State University to a 2-1 overtime win over Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey game at Kennedy Field at the New Hampton School on Saturday afternoon.
Mezquita gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the third quarter, but the Warriors evened the game with just over ten minutes to play on a tally by senior Lindsey McKeon (Chester, Conn.). Mezquita notched the game winner in the final minute of the first overtime period to secure the victory.
Plymouth State evens its record at 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the LEC, while Eastern Connecticut drops to 3-9 and 2-5 in conference play.
Plymouth State 2, Eastern Connecticut State 1 (OT)
Plymouth State (6-6, 4-4 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut State (3-9, 2-5 LEC)
How it Happened:
- Although Plymouth State controlled much of the first half, it was the Warriors who had the first real scoring chance. Sophomore Sydney Collentine (New Fairfield, Conn.) blasted a shot in the 19th minute, but junior goalie Jess Distler (Brookfield, N.H.) made a sliding save.
- Eastern Connecticut had another opportunity four minutes later when senior Morgan Sanson (Thomaston, Conn.) came up with a turnover in the PSU circle, but her shot went wide of the cage.
- The Panthers' best chance in the first half came off a penalty corner in the 24th minute as senior Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) found herself alone at the far side post, but her redirect attempt went just wide of the post and the game went into the halftime break as a scoreless tie.
- Mezquita nearly scored in the 36th minute, but her shot was kicked away by junior goalkeeper Keira Integlia (Branford, Conn.).
- Four minutes later Mezquita put PSU in the lead when her blast from inside of ten yards found the nearside corner of the cage.
- Eastern Connecticut knotted the game on McKeon's shot off a feed from sophomore Brianna Nolan (Watertown, Conn.). With the Warriors applying offensive pressure, McKeon beat Distler to the nearside post to tie the score.
- Both teams went up and down during an action-packed overtime period. Sanson nearly scored for the Warriors in the 61st minute, but Distler made a huge save to preserve the tie.
- PSU pushed the ball downfield after solid stickhandling from junior Kate McPherson (Conway, N.H.). She sent a ball to sophomore Kaitlyne Silva (East Providence, R.I.), whose drive from the top of the circle was redirected into the cage by Mezquita with just 56 seconds left in the frame.
Inside the Numbers:
- Mezquita picked up her team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the year and now has a team-high 15 points on the season.
- Silva notched her second assist of the year.
- McKeon's goal was her second of the fall.
- PSU held a narrow 18-15 advantage in shots and a 10-8 edge in penalty corners.
- Distler made six stops to improve to 7-5, while Integlia was solid in goal for the Warriors after finishing with ten saves but falling to 3-9.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We worked hard," said head coach Bonnie Lord. "It was a great effort, they emptied their tank."
- The Panthers remain at home for a Tuesday (Oct. 15) match-up with Salem State at the New Hampton School at 7:00 p.m.
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